things to watch on netflix instant


It’s been a long week and a long time since I did any kind of round up. I don’t know what I ever did before netflix and hulu, but I end most days in bed with my ipad streaming something. I need to do that to wind down and fall asleep. A lot of times it’s a terrible tv show, but sometimes I motivate myself to watch something important or cultural. So I thought for the long weekend I would share some of the less embarrassing films I’ve really enjoyed recently, all ready to stream. It’s like I’m doing the work for you:

L’Amour Fou: a documentary about, more or less, the relationship between Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Berge, the life they built together and the dissolution and auction of the estate when YSL died. It’s slow and incredibly moving with beautiful shots of their homes in Paris and Morocco and their extensive art collection. The narration and the stories about YSL’s career and personal life are captivating. The still above is from the movie, and is admittedly a little nod to my family.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Any fan of architectural photography, los angeles or modernism will get a lot of out this doc. It tracks Julius’ career and his start with Neutra. There are great interviews with him and lts of footage of him actually shooting and explaining why he’s shooting what he’s shooting. I met him once, on his 98th birthday, and I was speechless. He is a hero of mine.

Tiny Furniture: A film by Lena Dunham of Girls fame. She wrote/directed/starred in this and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s thoughtful and awkward and painful and hilarious. She’s not afraid to be ugly, to be vulnerable, or to be strong. I really appreciate it.

Bill Cunningham: Most everyone has seen this by now, but if you’ve been putting it off, it’s great and light and happy with some very poignantly sad moments thrown in for good measure. I definitely teared up.

The Gleaners and I: I first saw this film in an art house theatre in Seattle when I was visiting a friend on bainbridge island right after college (I drove to Seattle from LA and back, one of the best experiences ever). Agnes Varda became my hero. The film is partially autobiographical and partially about the idea of collecting, scavenging as it relates to the food left over at the marché and to the making of artwork. It’s very meta about the creative process and the process of a life well lived. Some of it is kind of weird, but it’s poetic and thoughtful and very very french.

Wet Hot American Summer: I’m not even going to describe this. If you’ve seen it, you understand the genius. If you haven’t seen it, watch it this weekend.

Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Drive is available to stream now. And I still need to see Eames: The Architect and The Painter and Manufactured Landscapes.

What should I add to my queue?

[image: still frame from L'Amour Fou]

9 Responses to “things to watch on netflix instant”

  1. josephine says:

    I see so much good stuff on Netflix Instant. I don’t get people who say there’s nothing good listed. My picks:

    _Certified Copy_: I just came back from Tuscany when I saw this. It’s so beautiful and heartbreaking and raw, and I loved the two leads.

    _Tucker and Dale Vs Evil_ : I’ve seen this a few times, it’s so fun and hilarious.

    _Flight of the Red Balloon_ : I saw this on a flight back from Paris and loved its energy. Binoche is the best!

    _In a Day_ : I keep telling friends to watch this, because it’s cute and unexpected, not quite a comedy or a drama, just sweet.

    _Irma Vep_: I remember being puzzled when I first saw this, but it’s funny and Maggie Cheung is great.

    _Luther_: really intense detective series from the UK. Idris Elba is crazy good in it!

  2. john says:

    Thanks for these recommendations, Laure! They’re going on my mile long Netflix queue.

    Now for some of my picks:

    Page One: Inside the New York Times: Doc on the New York Times (duh). Made me immediately buy an on-line subscription.

    Religulous: As a recovering Catholic I loved every minute of this. I gotta say it… Bill Maher lays it all out for you.

    The Life of Reilly: A one man biopic play starring (don’t laugh) Charles Nelson Reilly. I’m telling you, you will be floored by this guys life. He was like Forrest Gump and Zelig in the entertainment world. Unbelievable!

    The Trip: Quiet and funny. I wish to go on a trip exactly like this one.

    Herb and Dorothy: Makes want to buy as much art as I can.

    I Like Killing Flies: I resisted watching this for a long time, but it kept popping up in my “You Might Like This” column. Now I think I’ve seen it eight times. And yes, eating at Shopsin’s is now on my bucket list.

    Strand: Under the Dark Cloth: Had to have at least one movie about a photographer.

    Best of Flatt & Scruggs: I’m completely obsessed with this series. Not just because they’re kick ass musicians, but it’s interesting to look back on a time when this tee-vee series was shot.

    signed, Gene Shalit

  3. john says:

    Oops. I guess actually The Life of Reilly is a one man biographical play. Biopic. I’m so stupid.

  4. laure says:

    oh such good finds, thanks josephine! And John, of course you have all those to recommend! I haven’t even watched all your last rec’s!

  5. rabbit proof fence
    catfish
    twice upon a yesterday
    besieged
    the illusionist
    mrs palfrey at the claremont

    see if you like any of these… i have a few more if you do

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  8. 1. Anchorman ~ always a winner
    2. 21 Jumpstreet ~ new, but surprisingly funny
    3. Braveheart~ “they may take our lives, but they will never take……. Our FREEDOM!
    4. Midnight in Paris~ only good Woody Allen film-EVER
    5.Source Code~ thought I had it pegged. Interesting twist. Oddly deep

  9. laure says:

    ryan, you made my day pointing out that 21 jumpstreet is streamable. great recommends.

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